USAGE: English, German, Italian
PRONOUNCED: EL-mo [key]
Meaning & History
Originally a short form of Germanic names that began with the element helm meaning "helmet, protection". It is also a derivative of ERASMUS, via the old Italian diminutive Ermo. Saint Elmo, also known as Saint Erasmus, was a 4th-century martyr who is the patron of sailors. Saint Elmo's fire is said to be a sign of his protection.
OTHER LANGUAGES: Helmo (Ancient Germanic), Ermo (Medieval Italian)